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RADIO ACTIVE — A Weekly Chart CHRonicle (March 25, 2018)

Welcome to Radio Active, a Sunday evening report from POP! Goes The Charts that gets to the chart of the matter: all the highlights from the CHR/Top 40 chart, as published by Mediabase 24/7 and Mediabase Research. Remember to file your taxes in the next few weeks, while simultaneously breaking out the MP3 files to enjoy the sweet sounds of pop music from this week’s Top 40 survey. (Do kids these days even know what an MP3 is?) Let’s count the hits:

NEW JACK SWINGS: Congrats to Bruno Mars and Cardi B, who leap from 3-1 on this week’s Top 40 chart with “Finesse”, the eighth #1 at the format for Mars and the first for Cardi B. Mars collects his second #1 track from the 24K Magic era, as “That’s What I Like” spent a total of three weeks at the top last April and May. (The original version of “Finesse” appears on the album, though its current remix does not.) The global hit continues in the top ten at three other radio formats, reaching #1 at one (Rhythmic) during a two-week run last month. Next Sunday, look for “The Middle”, a three-way collaboration from Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, to potentially top the survey, as it advances 5-2 this week with a very healthy bullet.

HOT BLOODED: Launching all the way up at #28, Shawn Mendes scores his sixth top 40 entry and highest debut to date at the Top 40 format with “In My Blood”. His previous high of #31 was set by “Treat You Better” back in June 2016. It’s the first release off Mendes’s third studio album, due sometime later in the year. One extra cut from the album, “Lost In Japan”, was released on Friday to both sales and streaming success, though its airplay was minimal. (I’ll save the Japanese artists and song titles for another week!) Another top debut on this week’s top 40, coming in at #35, is the seventh top 40 song for Halsey, called “Alone”. Combined airplay for an edit of the original album version and a new remix with Big Sean and Stefflon Don spiked as a result of the single’s second place finish on last Tuesday’s adds report, where it pulled in nearly 60 stations on impact.

Among the new entries in the top 50, watch out for “Everybody Hates Me” by The Chainsmokers, logging on at #43, which might become the duo’s eighth top 40 song at the format next week. “Sober Up”, the former Alternative chart-topper by AJR and Weezer lead singer Rivers Cuomo, is also aiming for the top 40 next week, ranking at #48 on the current update. The trio has a pair of top 40 entries to date, while Cuomo’s only solo appearance was in 2010 on B.o.B‘s “Magic”, spending three weeks at #13 in September.

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Finding A New “Home”: Will These Songs Hit The U.S. In 2015?

Those international hits keep making their way to the U.S. to plenty of love, and the trend is likely to stay around through the new year. The latest CHR radio stats put smashes from Lilly Wood & The Prick / Robin Schulz, Milky Chance and Vance Joy just below the top 40, while acts like Sheppard and ZHU are gearing up for impact dates in the next few weeks. What’s up next from across the pond? Here are four singles that could make the U.S. their next home in the coming  months:

Fritz Kalkbrenner

FRITZ KALKBRENNER – “Back Home”
Origin: Berlin, Germany

The Kalkbrenners like to keep it all in the family, at least when it comes to their work. Both Fritz and his older brother Paul are in the music business producing dance records and performing. From the recent album Ways Over Water, currently in the charts in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, among other countries, the music video for this release recently reached 1 million views on YouTube and is still charting nicely in a few European territories. With a huge following on Facebook, it is hard to believe that a U.S. label hasn’t partnered with him (he’s based on a German indie group, Suol.) This song is smooth.

Lukas Graham

LUKAS GRAHAM – “Mama Said”
Origin: Copenhagen, Denmark

Named after their lead singer, the quartet has accumulated a number of top ten songs in their home country in the past few years, with “Mama” becoming their third and latest #1. It also hit the top ten in Norway, their first song to do so. Currently recording for their second full-length album, the followup to their 4x Platinum self-titled debut, it’s clear that the boys are hot over there. However, they have yet to see anything make it to the U.S. market. Given the remake of Annie coming this December to theaters and the melodically close chorus to “It’s The Hard Knock Life”, maybe something could be brewing.

Selah Sue

SELAH SUE – “Alone”
Origin: Leefdaal, Belgium

She’s all of 25, but she certainly has a look that goes back decades further than that. Beginning to make music by her teens, Sue made her debut on the national charts with a track called “Ragamuffin”. It went top 20 on surveys in both Belgium and France in 2010. By the following year, two of her songs managed to crack the top 2 in her home country: a solo entry titled “This World” and a feature on a charity single, “Zanna”. So, with her return and an album in the works, her core audience is  already embracing “Alone” and it sounds to me like a U.S. crossover (CHR/Hot AC) single in the making. Hope it happens!

Xavier Rudd

TIME SQUARE featuring XAVIER RUDD – “Follow The Sun”
Origin: Brescia, Italy / Torquay, Victoria, Australia

Here is another one of those album cuts plucked from out of nowhere and mixed into something totally cool. Originally on  the 36-year-old Rudd’s album Spirit Bird, which went to #2 on the Australian charts last year, the song did nothing, but did the catch the attention of the mysterious Italian act behind the remix of it. “Sun” has been shining its rays with a clip that is now over 1.3 million views on YouTube and it is currently in the top 40 in Italy. With a prominent harmonica line and that effortlessly breezy sound of summertime, it should continue to build in Europe and brighten our airwaves in the new year.

Which of these four songs will make it to the U.S. first and do the best here? Let me know! Comment below or click on the “Get Social!” tab above to find PGTC on Facebook and Twitter.

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